What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

Holy frak, we are positively giddy today. The release of the first two prequel chapters of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica are live online, and we’re already hooked! Plus, Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) wins mom-of-the-year in our book, and a clever new musical series delights with its quirky humor.

PBS Off BookOne of our favorite docu-web series, Off Book takes a look at retro media like vinyl, VHS, film and cassettes and reminds us why those formats can often produce a much more memorable experience than digital video or digital music. The irony of the fact that this show is produced via digital video? Not lost on us.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome | Toasters, Raptors and Vipers, oh my! Everything that we loved about the reimagined Battlestar Galactica is back — and then some. It’s 10 years into the Cylon War and a hotshot rookie pilot named William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) is assigned to the Galactica to do “milk runs” on a Raptor (a Gods-damned Raptor) as a means to knock a bit of the cockiness out of him. He’s paired up with a war weary co-pilot, Coker Fasjovik (Ben Cotton). Stop everything you’re doing and watch now (and prepare for goosebumps at around the 4:20 mark in Episode 1!).

Ask AmyPoehler offers advice to teenagers (and those of us who sometimes feel like teenagers) on such topics as how to handle anxiety and how to talk to your parents. The latest episode features her advice on how to make good decisions. Poehler answers each question with wisdom and a hypnotizing sweetness that makes us wish we had her around to reassure us when life gets a little rough.

cdza In each episode of this imaginative series, a collection of talented musicians (typically students) tackles a different musical subject, from how to get kids into classical music to the history of whistling. With humor and artistic flare to spare, a quintet of singers produces a medley of misheard lyrics in their latest episode. Can you guess from which pop song contains the misheard lyrics “I’m insane at the sound of Microsoft?”

Bring It to the Table At a simple table draped in an American flag tablecloth, citizens of the U.S. talk about what they believe in and why. Topics range from welfare to abortion, and guests use the flower vase in the center of the table to visually indicate which way they lean politically. Maybe even more interesting than the show is the story behind the show: Filmmaker Julie Winokur created the series out of a desire to take a closer look at her own prejudices after her son accused her of being the “most intolerant person” he’d ever met.